Beyond who came first, the chicken or the egg, the other timeless question has been; are eggs good or bad for you? A new study has found that eating three or more eggs a week, results in a higher risk of both heart disease and early death compared with those who eat fewer eggs.
A study published on March 15 in the medical journal JAMA, noted that a single large egg contains about 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol.
The findings are a result of examining data from six US study groups that included more than 29,000 people followed for 17½ years on average. Over the follow-up period, a total of 5,400 cardiovascular events occurred, including 1,302 fatal and nonfatal strokes, 1,897 incidents of fatal and nonfatal heart failure and 113 other heart disease deaths. An additional 6,132 participants died of other causes.
Consuming an additional 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with a 3.2% higher risk of heart disease and a 4.4% higher risk of early death. And each additional half an egg consumed per day was associated with a 1.1% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and 1.9% higher risk of early death due to any cause, the researchers found.
The American Heart Association notes that cholesterol in moderation is not bad for you. Someone whose diet contains little cholesterol can benefit from the consumption of eggs. Additionally, eggs provide plenty of protein without the cholesterol of the yolk.